Fresh is Best: Painting the Basement Guestroom

A few weeks ago, I talked about painting the nursery a fresh, light gray. Similarly, we finally got the new basement guestroom painted. We used the exact same color because we got the paint for free (BOGO) and I figured it would be a nice, fresh, blank slate for the guest room. And, since it’s […]

Beating the Birds (Third Time’s the Charm?)

This year, for the third year in a row, we’re working to keep the darn birds from stealing all our blueberries before they are ripe. So frustrating. Just look at all those little berries we have to protect. Last year, Wyatt really stepped up the bird barrier “house” but we used the same netting as […]

Garden Update: Spring Set Up 2015

A couple of weeks ago, Wyatt and I were debating whether to even fool with the garden this year. We’re both trying to keep an open mind about how much adjusting we’ll need when Beanie gets here. On one hand, I want to make room for us to spend time recovering, resting, and relaxing this […]

Weekend Rewind: Memorial Day Edition

This weekend was a good one for the Shipman family. We hope you also enjoyed the holiday with friends and family, all while remembering those who have served and passed on before us. We’re feeling especially blessed because we were able to both tackle some projects around the house and spend time with family and […]

DIwYatt: Installing a Pre-Hung Door Frame

Sorry we’ve been a little silent this week. We’ve been busy with a lot of non-house project stuff this week so not a whole lot is going on. I figured I’d go back and recap a project I did last week, though, in case it would be helpful to anyone. We are continuing the project […]

The Ever-Evolving Mess

With so many projects going at once around here, there’s ALWAYS a mess somewhere. Usually, that mess is in the basement and the garage. Sometimes, we need to use those spaces as, well, what they are supposed to be used for. Which means, we need to clean those areas. And that means the mess gets […]

When the Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Gardening

Have I mentioned we’ve been busy lately? If not, well, let me just say that the 9 remaining weeks leading up to Beanie’s due date are destined to be busy for Wyatt and I. Between garages sales, cleaning, house projects, baby showers, possible relaxing weekends away, and just regular life stuff like church events and […]

Weekend Rewind: First Mother’s Day Edition

This weekend was a special one. My first Mother’s Day as a momma. Of course, I haven’t yet met our little one, but in our mind, we became parents from Beanie’s first moments of existence, so we still were happy to celebrate just a little bit. On Friday night, we had some church friends over […]

Easy (& Healthy) Homemade Banana Ice Cream

If there’s one thing all pregnant women tend to like, especially when it’s warm outside, it’s ice cream. #AmIRight? Unfortunately, it isn’t all that healthy of a snack. And, if there’s one thing all pregnant women tend to complain about during the later months of pregnancy, it’s leg cramps. Okay, maybe not all pregnant women […]

Starting Fresh for Beanie’s Bedroom

When we last left off talking about Beanie’s nursery project, the room looked like this: We finally finished scraping the popcorn off the ceiling, then remudding, sanding, and painting it. The ceiling in there feels so fresh and new. And now, thanks to a few nights of painting, the walls, do too! We made sure […]

Sprucing Up For Summer

You may remember a couple of years ago, we received some hand-me-down wicker furniture from my grandma. It was pretty worn, but still had some life left in it. So, I spray-painted it bright colors. You can read that post, here, for more info.   Last year, we left these entire patio set outside on […]

The Great Garage Purge

I’ve shared a little bit of the horror story that was our garage. And how we started getting it all cleaned out by moving the workbench and hanging some pegboard. But then we started talking about some of the other projects we have going on and left you all in the dark about the state […]

DIwYatt: Pipe Clamps

When you need long clamps for a project, you head to your local home improvement store. When you get to the clamp section you might find yourself in sticker shock. The truth is, long clamps are kind of an expensive thing. Here is a 48 inch bar clamp from the Home Depot. Instead of spending […]

Weekend Rewind: Progress (Thanks in Part to my Parents)

This weekend, we worked. And by worked, I mean we painted… moved in some furniture… painted that furniture… cleaned… painted some more… painted more…   replaced a door… painted just a little more… oh, and painted a little more… Basically, we had a progress-filled weekend. Wyatt and I worked on getting the ceilings in the […]

One Step Forward…More Tips for DIY Popcorn Ceiling Removal

Two steps backward…right? It’s been one of those weeks, and it’s only Wednesday. But, we do have some progress to report. We’ve been busy in the basement guest room… …and the nursery. Which is why the rest of our house is currently a mess of furniture and such. Oh, and we have a giant garage […]

Mudding Through Manual Mode: Giveaway!

Here’s the deal, manual mode is hard. I’ve found that out the hard way, several times. Of course, it’s also awesome when you get it right. Seriously, I was shocked when I got this shot of Wyatt in a semi-dark interior room on a rainy, dreary evening. One of the biggest challenges to overcome was […]

Weekend Rewind: Putting Up Pegboard Edition

This weekend, we officially tackled the garage. We had a pretty big task ahead of us, so I’m not at all surprised we didn’t get it finished, which is fine. Plus, it rained a lot of the time, which made things go a little slower. Here’s a couple photos to show you what we were […]

Another Kitchen Project = DONE!

Well guys, we’re officially done to one project left in the giant, never-ending kitchen renovation project. Last night, Wyatt finished up the touch up paint on the new cabinet trim while I had a call for work and let me tell you, it looks fantastic, if we do say so ourselves, which we do. The […]

Getting Going on Our Goals for 2015

Well, it’s the middle of April, which means I’m already over due for an update on how we’re doing with our 2015 goals and resolutions. I think we have some decent progress to report, but not much has been “done” to be able to cross it off the list. Time to dive in and see […]

Weekend Rewind: Time to Trim Edition

This weekend, we worked on trim. In several different ways. Wyatt was in the garage building and sanding and prepping trim to install above the kitchen cabinets and at the base of the nook area. I was in the nursery working on painting the trim in the closet white. Then, on Monday, my mom came […]

Trimming Out the Nook

When we left off talking about the nook shelving, things were already starting to look a lot better, but we were also anxious to add the trim at the top and really complete the whole area. There’s clearly something missing in these photos. Those dark shadows at the top aren’t so great, huh? Not to […]

DIY Modern Plate Wall in the Kitchen

One of the things I’ve been working on for the past few weeks is the plate wall in the kitchen. I’ve known since we started the renovation that I wanted to have some arrangement of my favorite decorative dishes on the wall, so I’ve been collecting fun plates over the past several months from thrift […]

We Finally Have A Finished Nook: Mounting the Custom Shelves

When we planned the nook, we wanted to continue the open shelving concept from the other side of the kitchen. This meant we could either buy an outside corner shelf and a shelf between two cabinets or build it ourselves. Unfortunately, while buying is easier, it’s also more expensive. For the shelves between the two […]

DIwYatt: Installing a Can Light

We’re slowly checking off the list of remaining kitchen projects and one of those was reusing the can light we removed from the soffit above the sink in the entryway to the garage. There had been a regular flush mount lighting fixture in that location. Although for awhile, it has looked like this, a dark […]

Some Spring in Our Step – Spring & Easter Decor

Happy Easter, friends! While I didn’t go over the top with Easter and spring decorations this year, I did do a few things to spruce up our space, starting with hanging my DIY Happy Spring Wreath back on the door. (You know, the one that stayed on my door from May until November last year? […]

Another Basement Secret

I feel like you guys probably have a pretty good idea of what our house is like on the main floor, but we never talk about the basement. Except to show you how messy it is, or to share secrets. Today is really no different, see we have another big secret down there. The real […]

Beginning Beanie’s Nursery – Mood Board and Plans

I tend to be a little scatterbrained when it comes to decorating and projects around our house. Being pregnant and semi-overwhelmed about all we want to accomplish between now and then doesn’t help. So, even though I’ve been pulling ideas and thoughts together on what Beanie’s nursery should look and feel like since WAY before […]

Magnetic Magic – Installing IKEA GRUNDTAL Knife Rack

This may go down as the fastest project we ever procrastinated. Remember all the way back to when we went to Ikea and bought some stuff for our kitchen, including the GRUNDTAL magnetic racks? Well, we started working on hanging them a really long time ago, like the following weekend after we bought them. But […]